Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur for setting-up a faculty chair at the IIT Campus (Kanpur) today. “This is being done to promote R&D and
academic work in new and emerging technologies in aerospace industry”, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL.
The documents were signed by Z.A. Asif, General Manager, HAL and Prof Prabhat Munshi, Dean Resources and Alumni IIT, Kanpur in presence of Gukul Chandra Pati, Secretary (Defence Production). As per the MoU, HAL and IIT, Kanpur, will hold annual conference jointly and serve as a platform to the defence industries and encourage new ideas, innovations and new technologies in aviation sector.
Pati hailed coming together of HAL and IIT (K) and said such collaborations enrich industries resulting in key results in R&D which is crucial to self-reliance in defence sector.
“The MoU will facilitate development of training programs and training modules for capacity building of HAL personnel. We welcome the contribution of IIT faculty and students who can play their role in
breaching the technology gap”, Dr. Tyagi added.
Prof Indranil Manna, Director IITK said the institute will appoint a distinguished academician as a Professor to the HAL Chair. “We are proud to be associated with HAL and the relationship has distinct
relevance”, he added. An Advisory Committee of HAL and IIT (K) representatives will oversee the functioning of HAL Chair and periodically review the functioning. HAL had signed a similar MoU with
IIT, Roorkee recently.
In the recent past HAL signed MoUs with IIT, Madras to undertake joint research in the field of transmission system for the helicopter and engine programs and with IISc, Bangalore for development of
micro UAV and development of active control and health monitoring techniques by application of smart materials to helicopter dynamic system and with NAL, Bangalore for design and development of aircraft
structures, mechanical systems, aerodynamics, avionics, aerospace materials, composites, system Engineering, UAVs etc. A few years ago, HAL had signed a separate MoU with IIT, Kanpur for development of computational aero elasticity code for helicopter loads.